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The Women of the Book collection is the world's most extensive gathering of primary research items dedicated to the spiritual lives of European and South American women: nuns, beatae, and female mystics and saints, produced between ca. 1450-1800. The materials are physically held at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and many of them have been made available here with the support of the Arcadia Fund. 
See the illustrated portfolio document, this article in Johns Hopkins Magazine, and this short documentary video for more information on the collection, on which the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance is currently offering a visiting research fellowship.


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Illustrated portfolio of the Women of the Book Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
Topic: women religious
Johns Hopkins University Library - Women of the Book
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Manuscript, one volume (21.5 cms. x 16 cms.), 279 pages of writing (pp. 1-2 (4) 3-70, 72-94, (1 blank), 95-277) + a 13-line note tipped onto front pastedown in a different hand. With a four-page addition in another (third) hand. One short note slipped in at p. 240, in this hand as well. Bound in contemporary dark brown calf, spine gilt. The text and addition are written in fair hands, without significant crossings out. The paper for the tipped-in note had a strip torn away, removing text from...
Large 8vo. pp. (285), with a further (24) pages of accounts appended, and with a few additional blanks. Bound in contemporary marbled paper wrapper. Ink on paper. This substantial autograph manuscript records a pilgrimage made from Rome in April and May 1771 to visit the shrine of the Holy House of Loreto by a group of 26 Roman Catholic lay brothers, members of the Archconfraternity of St. Mary of the Oration and Death. These brothers were mainly occupied with charitable work through the...
4to. pp. (24), 320, (2). Contemporary vellum, gilt-stamped with a female saint holding a lily (Catherine of Siena?). First edition. A remarkable work by this early modern champion of the female sex. Marinelli’s Life of Catherine of Siena betrays its author’s agenda on the title page, by comparing Catherine’s ‘heroic feats’ to male heroes of medieval lore. “Marinella demonstrated extraordinary scholarship by the standards of her day, particularly with respect to the variety of...
Topics: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380 -- Early works to 1800, Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380
4to. 3 vols. in pp. (28), clxxviii, 236, (1), 104; pp. (8), 552, 40; pp. (6), 287, 24, (83). Unique volume of 17th-century spiritual exercises by a cloistered nun and mystical author who advised King Philip IV of Spain. Includes 75 plates hand-colored engraved plates by a contemporary hand, and highlighted throughout in gold, also bound in sumptuous contemporary gold-brocaded endpapers (vine and flower pattern with birds, by Christoph Ledergerber in Augsburg, printed in gold on a red ground)....
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Meditations -- Early works to 1800, María de Jesús, de Agreda,...
8vo. pp. 264 including engraved frontispiece; pp. 328. Contemporary vellum. Third edition (first, 1760-61). St Alfonso Liguori’s important text codified the anti-Enlightenment ideal of the Christian woman, both cloistered and secular Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Catholic women -- Religious life -- Italy -- Early works to 1800, Catholic women -- Conduct of life...
12mo. pp. (24) including added engraved title page, 534, (18). Contains faded and canceled ownership inscription (Maria ...). Contemporary sheep with 2 clasps. Sole edition of this German translation, following the French original of 1634. The work features two separate dedications to both St Bridget herself and the nuns of her order. With a fine engraved title-page of Bridget shaking hands with Christ Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Bridget, of Sweden, Saint, approximately 1303-1373 -- Early works to 1800, Bridgettines -- Early...
4to. pp. (16), 123, (3). With engraved portrait of Rita on title page. 18th C patterned boards with vellum spine. First edition of the first biography of Rita da Cascia, the patron saint of impossible causes, abused wives, and heartbroken women. The victim of an abusive husband, Rita managed not only to convert her vicious spouse into an observant Catholic, but also to quell the blood feud which had been plaguing his family. Composed long before her beatification, the title-page nevertheless...
Topics: Rita, of Cascia, Saint, 1381?-1457 -- Early works to 1800, Rita, of Cascia, Saint, 1381?-1457,...
Folio: ff. 7, pp. IX, 111, 4 large folding engraved plates. Sole edition. Bound in contemporary vellum. “Guiseppe Vi Vire Vic”, some sketches in ink on endpaper. Present work documents the last Sicilian auto-da-fé, "celebrated" on April 6th, 1724, in which 26 people were punished for several crimes and which ended with the burning of two heretics. The engravings by Francesco Cichè take on the style of a royal fete book, but to horrifying effect, beginning with two nighttime...
Topics: Inquisition -- Italy -- Palermo, Inquisition, Italy -- Palermo
8vo. pp. (13), 194. Large printer’s emblem of a Sacred Heart on title-page, with a full-page woodcut of Teresa of Avila presenting her book to Christ on verso of title-page (captioned in Dutch). [Bound with Jerónimo Gracian’s Conceptos del Divino Amor […], published in the same year by the same printer. 8vo. pp. (16), 248, with large printer’s emblem of a Sacred Heart on title-page, and a full-page woodcut of Teresa of Avila presenting her book to Christ on verso of a8 (as above).]...
Topic: Bible. Song of Solomon -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800
4 volumes in folio. (10 ll.), 718 pp. [702 wrongly numbered 904]; (19 ll.), 463 pp.; (9 ll.), 447 pp.; (14 ll.), 819 pp. Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s-paw mottled sheep. Free endleaves removed from volume I. Spines with raised bands in six compartments, crimson morocco lettering pieces, gilt bands and ornaments. Woodcut title pages: architectural frame with 7 figures of São Domingo (or Dominicans?). Woodcut and typographical headpieces. Woodcut factotum initials. Second edition of...
12mo. pp. 96. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum finished in handcolor, depicting floral arrangements and a Cor Jesu on both covers with the motto ‘Das [H]ertze mein, Soll dir allein, Ergeben Seyn / Sjn Get[reu?] und Spilet, In Euren, Hertzen’ [My heart is given to you alone / Be true and rejoice in your hearts]. Unrecorded printing by a female provincial printer (Widow of Johann Heinrich Stock) in a fine ‘Bauern-Einband’ created for a female reader. Bound together with 'Die Psalmen...
Topics: Bible. Epistles -- Liturgical lessons, German, Bible. Gospels -- Liturgical lessons, German,...
Three parts in one folio volume. pp. (ii), 16, 114; 15, (1) blank; 34. Bound in contemporary vellum. Vellum tabs marking parts. Seemingly unrecorded collection of the documents relating to the beatification process for the fifteenth-century Dominican mystic Stefana Quinzani de Quinzanis (1457–1530), whose cultus was finally confirmed in December 1740 by Benedict XIV. Stefana Quinzani (also Stephana de Quinzanis) was born into a poor family in Brescia in 1457, after which her father became a...
Folio. Title and 24 engraved plates numbered 2-25. 14 plates signed by Collaert, 1 plate by Galle, the remaining are unsigned. Bound in red morocco, boards and spine tooled in gold. Each plate is accompanied by an explanatory text in Latin and a manuscript translation in French in a fine contemporary calligraphic hand. The very rare first edition of this suite of 24 engravings representing the life of Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582), designed by the prominent Antwerp engravers and print publishers...
Topic: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582
Source: folio
74 x 54 cm. Extremely rare large Mexican broadside portraying the genealogy of Christ from Adam and Eve by Puebla's major printer and engraver Jose de Nava. The broadside was presumably meant for educational purposes and chronicles important Biblical events, dividing world history in time periods. De Nava (1735-1817), was "one of the most talented artists and skilled engravers of his time in the old world and the new" (Mathes, La Ilustracion en Mexico Colonial) and among the first to...
Topics: Jesus Christ -- Genealogy, Jesus Christ, Genealogy in the Bible, CSAIP, Broadsides, etc. -- Mexico...
Source: folio
8vo. pp. (8) including engraved title page, 400. Bound in contemporary yap-edged vellum. Ex libris and ex legato of Wilhem Ludwig Bennz in lower margin of title page and on pastedown, the latter dated Eichstadt, 1683. Very rare sole edition of this life of Mary Magdalene, the penitent prostitute and most important female follower of Christ, and illustrated with a suite of 9 unsigned engravings. Stengel devotes only a few pages in Chapter I to discussions of Mary’s life as a prostitute before...
Topics: Mary Magdalene, Saint, Mary Magdalene, Saint, Christian hagiography -- Early works to 1800,...
Ca. 100 x 75 mm. ff. 78 (penultimate blank leaf canceled, final leaf pasted-down). Bound in contemporary blind-stamped polished brown leather over wooden boards, sewn on two bands. Intact alum tawed medieval bookmark consisting of 4 woven strands sewn together at the top. Vestiges of a strap-and-pin fastening, with the strap missing. Each page has 3 lines of text and music in Hufnagel notation on four-line stave. The colophon reveals that the present pocket processional for major feasts was...
Thick 4to. [22.4 x 17.2 cm], 2 parts in 1, with divisional title page, pp. (32), 484; (4), 485-865, [1 integral blank]. Including full-page engraved frontispiece by Suor Isabella Piccini depicting a barefoot Teresa seated with quill in hand, whip and skull on her side table, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. 18th century manuscript inscription of the Discalced Hieronymites of Treviso on title page, alongside a later 18th or 19th century stamp of the ‘Conventus Carmel. Discal....
4to. pp. (16) including engraved frontispiece, XLVI, (6), 513, (1), plus engraved portrait. Bound in contemporary vellum. “L. M. de C. D.” on frontispiece. First edition of Pecci's translation. In order to render his translation more valuable, Pecci added several letters (in the preface) of Catherine's early disciples Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topic: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380
Folio. pp. (2), 28; pp. 216; pp. 6, (1 terminal blank). With pasted correction slip on title page and seal and manuscript signatures of the 'Sub-Promoters' on final page. Untraced, and a fascinating copy for official internal use, personally signed by the 'Sub-Promoters' of Marianna's beatification. A nun of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of Captives, the process for Marianna's beatification began in the year of her death. These processes sometimes took centuries; as the...
3 volumes in 4to. pp. (38), (564) including 141 engraved plates, (4); pp. (16), (432) including 108 plates, (4); pp. (16), (288) including 75 plates, (2). Bound in contemporary sheep with gilt ornaments and titles on spines. With parallel Latin/Italian title pages and parallel text throughout, text on recto of leaves only. With woodcut title vignette, initials and tailpieces. Includes index. Scarce first edition. Vol. I (141 plates): Degli Huomini Religiosi; Vol. II (108 plates): Delle Vergini...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious orders
4to. pp. XVI including engraved portrait, 288. Contemporary vellum. Early edition (first, 1738). Serio entered the convent of Fasano at the age of 16, and during her noviceship was unjustly imprisoned by superiors suspicious of her remarkable spiritual abilities (preserving the congregation from a pestilence, etc.). While serving as the Abbess of the convent, she was consumed by a ball of fire in full view of her sisters, but remained unscathed save for a burn in the shape of a heart above her...
Topics: Serio, Rosa Maria, 1674-1726 -- Early works to 1800, Serio, Rosa Maria, 1674-1726, Carmelites --...
4to. pp. (32), (415), (1), plus engraved portrait signed “P. V. F.”. With large woodcut arms. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with ties preserved; recased with original endpapers (early 16th C illustrated wastepaper) laid down or backed with tissue. Extremely rare first edition of the first life of Mariana de Jesus (1565-1624), whose cultus adopted her as a ‘patron saint’ of Madrid long before her beatification in 1738 (she remains uncanonized). She lived a religious secular life,...
3 volumes in 4to. pp. (38), (564) including 141 engraved plates, (4); pp. (16), (432) including 108 plates, (4); pp. (16), (288) including 75 plates, (2). Bound in contemporary sheep with gilt ornaments and titles on spines. With parallel Latin/Italian title pages and parallel text throughout, text on recto of leaves only. With woodcut title vignette, initials and tailpieces. Includes index. Scarce first edition. Vol. I (141 plates): Degli Huomini Religiosi; Vol. II (108 plates): Delle Vergini...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious orders
8vo. ff. (16) including engraved frontispiece signed by Charles de Mallery, 440, (8) [1 integral blank]. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with remains of ties. Curious paper ex-libris inscribed with the initials D. M. L. and the date 1696, fastened onto a personal wax seal on pastedown. Lower blank margin of title page replaced, probably to excise a former ownership inscription. Contemporary, mostly editorial annotations and readership marks beginning from p. 37 until p. 124, offering a rare...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582,...
4to. pp. (32), 187, (3). Contemporary vellum. Second edition (first, 1699). “In 441 Eudocia fell into disgrace through an unjust suspicion of infidelity with Paulinos, the "Master of the Offices". Paulinos was murdered and Eudocia banished. In 442 she went back to Jerusalem and lived there till her death. She became for a time an ardent Monophysite. In 453 St. Leo I of Rome wrote to convert her. She then returned to the Catholic Faith... Byzantine history offers few so strange or...
Topics: Eudocia, Empress, consort of Theodosius II, Emperor of the East, -460 -- Early works to 1800,...
2 parts in 2 vols. 4tos. pp. (24), 614, (26), plus engraved frontispiece; pp. 551, (29), plus engraved frontispiece. 19th C half calf. Ex-librises of the Convent of the Discalced Carmelties of St Joseph in Antwerp; “In perpetual remembrance of Annette Havenith, [given?] to Sister Thecla... 1833...with permission of the authorities” (trans); ink stamps of the “Gray Sisters of Antwerp”. First edition of the first Flemish translation of Teresa's spiritual writings, reflecting the runaway...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582,...
4to. pp. (16), 192; pp. (4), 128; pp. (4), 159; pp. (4), 198, plus engraved title and 12 engraved plates by Jan Luyken. Contemporary boards, rebacked. First edition. A sensational illustrated compendium of women who 'met unfortunate ends' – most of them within a religious setting. Among the subjects we find three of Henry VIII's wives; Martin Luther's wife; 'Magdalena of Japan'; Pope Joan; and hundreds of other lesser-known women from ancient times to the 17th century Click here to view the...
Topics: Women -- Biography -- Early works to 1800, Women
4 volumes in 4to. Bound in original vellum. Titles printed in red and black. Each volume with a copper engraved frontispiece and a woodcut device on the title page. Hand lettered spines and leather fore-edge ties. "Soi de Uso de la Hermana Maria Francisca Ana de la S[erení]s[i]ma Trinidad Indigna [canceled word]." The famous letters of Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). A mixed set, uniformly bound. Volumes 1 & 2 were printed in 1752, volumes 3 & 4 in 1771. This edition has notes...
Topic: CARTAS ESPAÑOLAS
8vo. pp. (12), 153, (1). Contemporary patterned cartonnato. “Gabriela ???? Baldi”; “F. Luigi Maiola...????”. First edition. A biography of this medieval nun, issued from a small provincial press in Vercelli following the formal Papal approval of her local 'cultus' in 1769. Bicchieri's father was wealthy enough to build an entire convent for his daughter, though he died upon its completion. Bicchieri wore a hair shirt and was given to ecstasies Click here to view the Johns Hopkins...
Topics: Bicchieri, Emilia, 1238-1314, Dominicans -- Early works to 1800, Dominican sisters -- Biography --...
4to. pp. (12), 412, (10). Modern half vellum. Fifth edition (first, 1609). This edition has been augmented with material relating to Pazzi's canonization (which would not take place for another 30 years), and was dedicated to Innocenzia and Mariagrazia Barberini, nieces of Pope Urban VIII. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: De' Pazzi, Maria Maddalena, Saint, 1566-1607 -- Early works to 1800, De' Pazzi, Maria Maddalena,...
8vo. pp. (16), 17-245, (11), including engraved frontispiece of a priest and his wife. "M Ll. J Xr., P. Buek. Spiegel erster Pfarrfrauen E. ... Karakterbildte als Seitenstuck ... in Beispielen .... (30 1/2 B.) ... 1842". Contemporary vellum. Second edition (first, 1699). A remarkable conduct-book for the wives of Lutheran priests, including instruction on dress, sexual moderation, keeping silent, and so on. This copy is bound with another conduct book by the same author with...
Topics: Spouses of clergy -- Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Lutheran Church -- Clergy -- Early...
4to. pp. (8), ff. 16, pp. 17-24, ff. 25-32, pp. (8), ff. 105, pp. (2). Including woodcut vignette on title-page, full-page woodcut of Blessed Joana de la Cruz on verso of e4, and numerous large woodcut initials in text. Bound in contemporary vellum with hinges repaired. Early ownership inscriptions of the ‘Hospicio de Tierra Santa del Convento de N. P. S. Francisco de la Ciudad de Valencia de la Virgen de Jesus’ on flyleaf, with the intriguing comment “Para dar Luz immortal” on verso....
8vo. pp. (16), 414, (6), plus engraved frontispiece and 29 plates signed G[erard] de Groos after [Christian] Dittmann. Bound in contemporary blind-ruled calf. Contains shelf mark, and a contemporary manuscript approbation on a2 (“dies Buch ist erlaubt / Mater Anna Carolina”). Very rare sole edition of this compendium of 42 Ursuline biographies with lively engravings. There was a marked resurgence in Ursuline activities during the seventeenth century, notably in German-speaking lands. As...
Topics: Ursula, Saint, Ursula, Saint, Christian martyrs -- Early works to 1800, Christian martyrs
8vo. pp. (24), 670 (recto 680), (24). Bound in contemporary calf, spine gold-tooled and -lettered in compartments. Small woodcut on p. 177, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. Early MS interlinear correction on p. 243. Contemporary inscription on front free endpaper: “ce livre apartien aux carmelites de montauban.” First edition in French of the mystical visions of a Castilian Carmelite, with the commentary of Juan de Palafox y Mendoza (1600-1659), Bishop of Osma (previously...
4 volumes in folio. (10 ll.), 718 pp. [702 wrongly numbered 904]; (19 ll.), 463 pp.; (9 ll.), 447 pp.; (14 ll.), 819 pp. Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s-paw mottled sheep. Free endleaves removed from volume I. Spines with raised bands in six compartments, crimson morocco lettering pieces, gilt bands and ornaments. Woodcut title pages: architectural frame with 7 figures of São Domingo (or Dominicans?). Woodcut and typographical headpieces. Woodcut factotum initials. Second edition of...
12mo. pp. 276, (8). Contemporary calf with both clasps. Sole edition of this understudied text. Although ostensibly simply a translation of St Francis de Sales’ instructions to nuns into German, the work gains added interest for its place of publication and the identity of its author. ‘M. M. P. V. B.’ signs the preface ‘[your] unworthy, yet humbly devoted maiden’ [Magdt, Low German], indicating that within the convents of Einsiedeln there were women involved in translation work – in...
Topics: Nuns -- Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Convents -- Early works to 1800, Monastic and...
8vo. ff. (12), 333, (1). In nineteenth-century quarter sheep, marbled boards, spine decorated and lettered in gilt, red edges, marbled endpapers. Woodcut vignette of the Virgin Mary to title and colophon, woodcut initials. Early ink inscription to title ‘Ex libris Sororum Annuntiatarum Louaniensium’ in a sixteenth-century hand, occasional marginal notes in the same hand (slightly trimmed), nineteenth-century book label to front pastedown ‘Ex Bibliotheca Cong. SS. Redemptoris...
4to. pp. (16), 264, (8). Contemporary vellum. Extremely rare sole edition of this new biography by the Spanish Jesuit Alonso de Andrade. The place of publication is significant: this period perhaps marks the height of Spanish female mysticism, of which St. Gertrude and her ‘Revelations’ were an obvious fore-runner. According to Stephen Haliczer (Between Exaltation and Infamy: Female Mystics in the Golden Age of Spain), Teresa of Avila was in fact deliberately painted as “a kind of Spanish...
Topics: Gertrude, the Great, Saint, 1256-1302 -- Early works to 1800, Gertrude, the Great, Saint,...
Folio. pp. (18), 461, (7), plus engraved title page and engraved portrait, both signed by Juan de Noort. Bound in contemporary sheep with remains of gilt titles and ornaments on rubbed and repaired spine. Contents sympathetically recased. Rare first edition of the life and writings of Madre Mariana de San José (1568-1638), printed as a luxurious folio at the Imprenta Royal, likely at the behest of the dedicatee, King Felipe IV. Inspired by her own meeting at the tender age of four with Teresa...
4to. pp. xlviii, 716. Woodcut ornaments, head- and tailpieces throughout. Near-contemporary (1788) ownership inscription of Carlo Guzzardi to title; rebound in modern vellum, with silver-lettered black morocco labels on spine. Only edition, very rare, of this guide to the duties and life of the cloistered nun, by the Sicilian priest Arcangiolo (or Arcangelo) Tommaso Blandini (d. 1788). Divided into 29 istruzioni, the work explains the importance of spiritual reading, the necessity of prayer,...
4to. pp. (2) 114 (6). Bound in contemporary marbled calf, decorated cover borders, spine gilt, morocco label (probably originally green) stamped in gilt, slight loss at head of spine. Book of chants with music for the Ursuline convent of Grenade-sur-Garonne, written out by a nun, “Sœur St. Jean,” who was likely a school teacher, as the Ursuline sisters of Grenade ran a school attended by about sixty girls. Sœur St. Jean used several colors and stencils, and had the book nicely bound....
8vo. pp. (16), 416, plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary gilt morocco. Sole edition of this curious English translation of a Quietistic treatise for women by Cardinal Petrucci. Petrucci’s writings on the passive resignation of the soul to God were outlawed by the Inquisition in 1688 for being heretically mystical, but it is especially odd to find them translated for English Protestants. The frontispiece is printed on thick paper and may have doubled as a prayer card; it depicts a cross...
Topics: Christian life -- Early works to 1800, Christian life, Mysticism -- England -- Early works to 1800
8vo. 2 parts in 1 vol. pp. (36), 406, (2); pp. 333, (7), including engraved vignette on title, 1 full-page engraving on verso of title of Part II, and two full-page woodcuts. Contemporary calf. Ex-libris of a Strasbourg library. Sole edition. A curious work, probably not intended for nuns themselves thanks to its Latin. The subject is all manners of perfection to be striven for by Discalced Carmelites, with reference to the precepts of St. Teresa of Avila. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins...
Topics: Discalced Carmelites -- Early works to 1800, Discalced Carmelite Nuns -- Early works to 1800,...
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8vo. (10 x 16.5 cm) manuscript on paper. pp. (3), 122, (3). Bound in contemporary vellum, with brass clasps (one catch missing), lower portion of spine missing. Very neatly written collection of devotional texts and a further collection of small manuscripts compiled by a young Carmelite nun, Elena Albergotti, for her own personal use, in red and brown ink, and unrecorded printed pieces of ephemera loosely inserted. Albergotti was a member of a prominent family from Arezzo, in Tuscany. According...
3 volumes in 4to. pp. (38), (564) including 141 engraved plates, (4); pp. (16), (432) including 108 plates, (4); pp. (16), (288) including 75 plates, (2). Bound in contemporary sheep with gilt ornaments and titles on spines. With parallel Latin/Italian title pages and parallel text throughout, text on recto of leaves only. With woodcut title vignette, initials and tailpieces. Includes index. Scarce first edition. Vol. I (141 plates): Degli Huomini Religiosi; Vol. II (108 plates): Delle Vergini...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious orders
4to. pp. (28) 192 + (facing p. 1), fold-out engraving of the four saints with panorama of Cartagena, and (facing p. 59) woodcut and letterpress family tree. Bound in contemporary vellum. Stamp of Real Convento de Religiosas Ursulinas, Molina de Aragon; MS shelf mark label. First edition. Scholarly work on the history of the city of Cartagena, containing the lives of four early saints - three brothers and a sister, including the bishop and encyclopedist Isidore of Seville and his sister, the...
Topics: Leander, Saint, Archbishop of Seville, -approximately 600, Ferrandus, Fulgentius, active 523-546,...
8vo. Additional engraved title (first leaf of first quire), (14), 587 [recto 588], (10). pp. 3 unsigned full-page and 2 small engravings in text, contemporary parchment over thin pasteboards. French and Latin manuscript notes in an 18th-century hand; engraved title with partly illegible early Latin manuscript note stating that the book was entered in the catalogue [of ?]; early ownership inscription on letterpress title of a Benedictine (name illegible) from the Congregation of St. Maur. Rare...
Topics: Bridget, of Sweden, Saint, approximately 1303-1373, Bridget, of Sweden, Saint, approximately...
8vo. pp. 535, (25), plus 3 engraved portraits. Contemporary calf. First edition of this new life of St. Begga, the subject of popular veneration in her native Brabant. A different text appeared in Flemish in 1631, according to the STCV. The present copy contains all three engravings, illustrating not only St. Begga, but some of her early female followers: Joanna Dedemaecker and St. Anna van Schrieck Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Begga, Saint, 613-693, Monasticism and religious orders -- Belgium -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. 3 vols. in pp. (28), clxxviii, 236, (1), 104; pp. (8), 552, 40; pp. (6), 287, 24, (83). Unique volume of 17th-century spiritual exercises by a cloistered nun and mystical author who advised King Philip IV of Spain. Includes 75 plates hand-colored engraved plates by a contemporary hand, and highlighted throughout in gold, also bound in sumptuous contemporary gold-brocaded endpapers (vine and flower pattern with birds, by Christoph Ledergerber in Augsburg, printed in gold on a red ground)....
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Meditations -- Early works to 1800, María de Jesús, de Agreda,...
Folio. pp. (44); (12), 228; (12), 229-1154, (2), including two engraved title pages (second signed Petrus Rucholle, depicting scenes from Ursula’s life). Bound in 18th century blindstamped German pigskin with remains of clasps. Ex-libris inscriptions of the Jesuit College in Augsburg dated 1669 and stamp of St. Joseph’s Seminary (NY) on title page. Rare sole edition of this imposing monument to the Ursuline order: a more than 1000-page exposition of the Legend of St. Ursula and the 11,000...
Topics: Ursula, Saint -- Early works to 1800, Ursula, Saint
Folio. Engraved title, dedication, 2 portraits, 67 [ie 68] numbered plates. Contemporary vellum. First edition. A striking tour-de-force depicting 68 events in Teresa’s life, wholly engraved by Westerhout. The work was dedicated to a princess of the small city-state of Piombino on Italy’s west coast. The captioned illustrations include Teresa in a state of ecstasy as an angel transcribes her spiritual works for her and an uncredited rendering of Bernini's famous white marble statue of the...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 --...
Small 8vo. with engraved frontispiece, finely executed ink drawing by Ignatius Streicher on the verso of the title-page and (ii) 224 pp. with twenty further engraved plates by G. B. Göz throughout the text and with six detailed part page pen and ink drawings, the manuscript finely executed within engraved foliate borders throughout, calligraphic titles in red and occasional yellow ink, with half a dozen calligraphic designs at the end of sections, including a final bird with red foliation....
Folio. pp. (4). Disbound; edges slightly frayed and with some loss to the lower margin of A1. A rare survival of an unrecorded ephemeral pamphlet, announcing the miraculous cure of a Benedictine nun who had suffered from monthly convulsions for eight years before being cured by the intercession of St. Vincent Ferrer. Such an account could only be published until the miracle, attested to by numerous nuns, had been confirmed, in this case by the local Episcopal Curia in December of 1740....
4to. pp. XII, 511, (8), plus engraved portrait. Contemporary calf. Ex-libris of Migel Martinez. Third edition, enlarged with an account of the progress of the nun's beatification process. Inés de Benigánim was born to a poor family and suffered from epilepsy as a child. At the age of 13 she had a vision of Christ, and rejected a marriage proposal in order to follow her dream of entering a convent – of the Discalced Augustinians in Benigánim. The first edition was published in 1715 and...
Topics: Josefa de Santa Inés, de Benigánim, Beata, 1625-1696 -- Early works to 1800, Augustinian...
8vo. pp. xv, (1), 326, (2). Contemporary calf. First edition, dedicated to Sœur Thérese de S. Augustin (Princess Louise of France). In 1601 Acarie came across the Life of Teresa of Avila and was moved to found convents dedicated to her order. Acarie herself became renowned for her gifts of healing; for having received the stigmata; and her ability to prophecy future events. One of numerous French books, mainly Carmelite, dedicated to Princess Louise of France – who must have remained...
Topics: Marie de l'Incarnation, Blessed, 1566-1618 -- Early works to 1800, Marie de l'Incarnation, Blessed,...
8vo. pp. (16) including engraved title, 175, (3), including 12 engraved plates. 19th C boards. Stamps of a Redemptorist congregation. Sole edition, unrecorded. A charming pocket guide to the ‘science of prayer’, derived from the life and works of Teresa of Avila. Topics covered include correct methods for both spoken and silent prayer; how to deal with ‘distractions’ during prayer; and even a guide to the practice of ‘ejaculatory prayer’ (involving strong yelps). A section at the...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582,...
4to. pp. 8. Modern wrappers. Sole edition. A pamphlet giving the testimonies of two women visited by the divine intercession of St. Vincent Ferrer. Their statements are affirmed by their fellow nuns and monks, who sign their names beneath each testimony Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Vincent Ferrer, Saint, approximately 1350-1419 -- Early works to 1800, Dominicans -- Early works to...
8vo. pp. (16), 466, (14), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary calf. “Reale Tenuta Viareggio Toscana”, i.e. the royal library of the Bourbon kings and queen in Tuscany from 1821-1893 (Villa Borbonico). First edition, and the first biography of this nun. Marie-Madeleine was a co-founder – along with Antoine Yvan (d. 1653) of a new Order following the Rule of St Augustine. The Nuns of Our Lady of Mercy began in 1637 or 1639 and received Papal approval in 1642, but never expanded beyond...
Topics: Marie Madeleine de la Sainte-Trinité, mère, 1612-1678, Yvan, Antoine, 1576-1653, Yvan, Antoine,...
2 vols, 12mos. pp. (24) including engraved frontispiece, 216; pp. 106, (6); pp. (4) including engraved frontispiece, 221- 512; pp. xxiv. With two half-page devotional engravings at the head of each volume. Contemporary calf. Early edition (first, 1691). Marguerite Marie Alacoque was a celebrated pioneer of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, and Croiset's account of these practices includes the first account of the Visitandine nun's life, published just one year after her death. This is the...
Topics: Alacoque, Marguerite Marie, Saint, 1647-1690 -- Early works to 1800, Visitation Nuns -- Early works...
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4to. pp. (4), xix, 1-2, 2-80. Bound in contemporary or early marbled calf with labels of red morocco gilt to spine (one label with title, the other, possibly with ownership-identifier (monogram or heraldic device) defaced). Woodcut decoration and initials. A crossed-out signature on title page. Possibly first edition (CCPB uniquely has a record for a 1752 edition (Madrid Real Academia de Historia) which may be the result of a cataloguer misreading MDCCLVII for MDCCLII). The book is a...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders -- Sermons -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious...
4to. ff. LXXXIX. Woodcut borders and engraving on the title page, illustrated with 49 engravings by Hans Schäufelein, one of Albrecht Dürer’s most gifted pupils. Bound in contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards with beveled edges, spine in four compartments. Rare, first German edition of this biography of the mystic author Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) by her confessor and spiritual director, the Dominican Raimondo da Capua (1330-1399). Catherine was a lay member of the...
8vo. pp. xv, (i), 286, (6). Contemporary speckled calf, spine and front hinge neatly repaired. Contemporary title inscription ‘Pour l’usage de Carmelites Montauban.’ Only edition of this vernacular manual governing the nuns of the Discalced Carmelites—the sisters’ vows, daily routines, liturgy, administration, medical care, manual labor, devotional practices and acceptable recreations, including a kind of treasure hunt and two chapters on reading books. The work is dedicated to...
Topics: Discalced Carmelite Nuns -- Spiritual life -- Early works to 1800, Discalced Carmelite Nuns,...
4to. pp. (8), 360, (4), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary vellum. “Congregation? de Jesus et Marie”. First edition of the first biography of Rose of Lima, the first American saint. A highly desirable piece of Americana, with the often-lacking engraved added title page featuring a portrait of ‘Rosa Peruana’. Later the same year, an octavo edition was also published featuring a much inferior frontispiece Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617, Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617, ROSA DE LIMA, Christian women...
2 works in 1 vol., 4to., pp. (20) 264 (8); pp. (16) 267 (1). First flyleaf removed. Bound in contemporary vellum boards. Penciled shelf mark to front pastedown. First editions, two works containing sources of Dutch medieval history, both edited by the important scholar Antonius III Matthaeus (1635-1710). The first work is bound with Johannes a Leydis, Theodoricus a Leydis, Antonius III Matthaeus (ed.). 'Chronicon Egmundanum seu annales regalium abbatum Egmundensium auctore Fr. Johanne de Leydis...
Topics: Rare and special books -- Printing to 1800's, Brabant (Belgium) -- History -- To 1800, Belgium --...
4to. pp. (12), 109, (3). Bound in 18th-century vellum boards. Woodcut vignette to title page of St. Catherine of Alexandria before the Virgin and Child with motto ‘Reddet coronam Dominus’, small woodcut of Virgin and Child to p. (9), p. (12) with woodcut of Virgin with Child adored by angels surrounded by 16 small woodcuts, four being of the Evangelists and the other 12 being scenes from Mary’s life. Another woodcut of Virgin and Child (the Virgin crowned by angels) to p. 29 with same...
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Prayers and devotions -- Early works to 1800, Mary, Blessed Virgin,...
4 volumes in folio. (10 ll.), 718 pp. [702 wrongly numbered 904]; (19 ll.), 463 pp.; (9 ll.), 447 pp.; (14 ll.), 819 pp. Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s-paw mottled sheep. Free endleaves removed from volume I. Spines with raised bands in six compartments, crimson morocco lettering pieces, gilt bands and ornaments. Woodcut title pages: architectural frame with 7 figures of São Domingo (or Dominicans?). Woodcut and typographical headpieces. Woodcut factotum initials. Second edition of...
4to. pp. xii, 212, plus engraved portrait by Isabella Piccini. Contemporary vellum. Worming to inner margins, some with crude repairs; loss of a few letters to lower corner of p. 1. “Appartenate al Monastero di S. Benedetto”. Early edition (first, 1691) of this biography of a Farnese princess-turned-nun, with a portrait engraved for the work by Isabella Piccini, a Franciscan nun working in Venice. Teresa-Margherita proudly spurned the advances of all suitors including Louis XIV and Charles...
Topics: Teresa Margherita dell'Incarnazione, O.C.D., 1637-1684, Discalced Carmelite Nuns -- Biography --...
8vo. pp. XXII, (2), 195 including engraved frontispiece. Contemporary cartonnato. First edition. Teresa Margarita Redi was able to serve only 4 years as a professed nun of the Order before her death; yet during this time she was revered for her ability to work with especially the handicapped and mentally ill nuns of the convent. Her eventually fatal illness so disfigured her body that it was not exhibited for public viewing; yet a few days after her death no trace of the illness remained and...
Topics: Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, Saint, 1747-1770, Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, Saint,...
8vo. pp. (32), 400, 26, (6). Contemporary calf. Ex-librises of l'Abbe Dufouleur and Louis Metirie, butcher. First edition. Daughter of a converted Calvinist, married off at age 16 and entered a convent only much later in life; many of the letters included here are her letters to her children. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Marie de Saint Charles, mère, 1593-1665, Catholic women -- France -- Biography -- Early works to...
12mo. pp. 64, 152, 104, (2). Typographic and woodcut ornaments, headpieces and initials. Extra-illustrated with engraved frontispiece of two priests, titled “Le Pelerinage de Piété.” Early 19th-century red morocco in an 18th-century style. Modern pencil note, “ex de la Bouderie & Parent-Duchatelet”: abbé Jean Labouderie owned a large collection of saints lives, rules of religious orders, etc. In the slipstream of the Jesuit attacks on Jansenism, the abbey of the Cisterian nuns of...
Topics: Port-Royal des Champs (Abbey), Port-Royal des Champs (Abbey), Pilgrims and pilgrimages --...
4to. pp. (16), 138, 88, 90. 19th-century quarter calf. Ownership inscription from the Convent of Maria Visitiation in Thurnfeld. First edition of this anonymous translation of Chantal’s Spiritual Directions to the nuns of her newly-founded Order of the Visitation of the Holy Mary (first French edition ca. 1625). Appended to this translation is a full ‘Ceremonial’ for rites and liturgy in Visitandine convents, including some 20 pages of printed music. This copy agrees with the collation...
Topics: Visitation Nuns -- Rules -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious orders for women --...
11.5 x 8 cm, ff. (21), [1 blank]. Manuscript on vellum, beautifully written in Roman script in red and black ink within red double-ruled borders, initials in red and blue, 14 colored initials on gold grounds. Bound in contemporary brown morocco, covers richly decorated in gilt to a panel design with central lozenge and pointillé border. ‘Congregation de Notre Dame’ in 18th-century hand inscribed to front free endpaper. An exquisite manuscript pocket prayer book once in the possession of a...
Folio. Letterpress title page and 40 numbered engraved plates, unsigned. Bound in contemporary or early 18th C quarter calf over boards. Extremely rare suite of plates issued to celebrate the canonization of Rose of Lima, a subject of popular interest in the Low Countries due to her ties to the Dominican Order. By far the most ambitious contemporary iconographic treatment of the Latin American saint, Wouters’ publication neatly ties the powerful devotional imagery celebrated in the Low...
Topics: Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1587-1617, Saints -- Cult -- Peru, Saints -- Miracles, Saints -- Cult, Peru,...
8vo. pp. (16), 382, (2 blank). Engraved emblematic vignette to title depicting two dogs chasing a porcupine, allegorical engraving facing p. 1, woodcut initials. Bound in contemporary stiff vellum. 18th-century inscription on title page ‘Delle vergini da SSma. Purificatione Savona’, with similar inscriptions to endpapers, including 'questo libro e delle Monache Gesuitte nel Monasterio della SS Purificazione,’ referring to the convent of the Suore della Purificazione, founded in 1666 in...
Topics: Nuns -- Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Monastic and religious life of women -- Early works...